Saturday, June 13, 2009

THEATER: Ticket Deal for Broadway's "Irena's Vow"

The Broadway production of Irena’s Vow is offering discount ticket prices to performances (see above notice). The production is a must-see for anyone of Polish background.

Irena's Vow's attendance numbers could benefit from Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan’s attendance on Saturday. Archbishop Dolan said on Tuesday that he would deliver a homily about the play, which he called “very uplifting,” and discuss it on his weekly radio show, publicity the producers would welcome, given that the theater has not been full in recent weeks.

Irena producers are referring, hopefully, to the archbishop’s praise as the “Obama effect,” a reference to the box office improvement for Joe Turner's Come and Gone recently, after President Obama and the first lady, Michelle, attended the play. Weekly grosses for Joe Turner increased by $93,000, or more than 30 percent, right after the Obamas’ visit.

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